Behind the scenes of the making of a children’s picture book Vietnamese water puppetry is renowned for its unique atmosphere that features friendly yet mystical settings and characters. Even viewers not familiar with the folklore portrayed by the water puppet performances are still drawn to the world this fascinating traditional art creates. However, water puppetry
Using dance to cross boundaries as well as to promote social change Holding common ground pathways to cultural exchange in Vietnam, a seminar that’s sponsored by The American Embassy, will see a number of movement and dance experts from the US coming to Vietnam for an exciting cultural exchange experience for a variety of planned events focused on the art of dance. Just
Modern renditions of Vietnamese folk paintings Folk paintings (Dong Ho folk woodcut paintings, hang trong paintings and religious paintings from the northern provinces) have been an indispensable part of Vietnamese tradition, especially during Tet, where it’s customary for people to hang the paintings in their homes in the hope of receiving good fortune for the year to come. The subjects of these paintings depict everyday
An exhibition of new work by Sandrine Llouquet Borrowing a line from The Four Zoas, an unfinished book of mythic poems by William Blake, the title reflects a continuous and elaborate journey of learning and discovery for the artist. The first part of the ongoing project was presented at the gallery in 2013 as Chapter 1: Where I attempt to drown the dragon.
It wasn’t always this way Meandering streets and alleyways of Bui Vien Walking Street, tourists and backpackers might be left with the impression that electronic dance music (EDM) has, for some time, been a staple of the nightlife scene in Saigon. The ubiquitous cacophony of commercial dance music and LED-pulsed night clubs draws in travelers from around the world, each competing to lure locals and foreigners alike.
Founded in 2017, the AAYFF gives emerging filmmakers from schools and institutions from around Asia the chance to reach a broad audience, and also generate conversations on their independent films. This year the third Across Asia Youth Film Festival (AAYFF) will be held at the International School of Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) in Vietnam, after Singapore hosted the first two editions. David Procter, AAYFF’s
Saeko Ando artist revisits her early works A Japanese artist based in Vietnam since 1995, Saeko studied Son Mai lacquer painting under artist Trinh Tuan, lacquer master Doan Chi Trung and lacquer craftsman Lam Huu Chinh. She has continued to use natural lacquer in the face of competition from artificial lacquer, ensuring the continuous of this ancient craft in the modern era by integrating tradition with
A revival of Saigon’s golden age of music It might be Dance Club Arcan’s unique interior decoration and it’s oddly powerful soundproofing that always makes it feel like another world when you walk up to the venue from the quiet, otherwise unassuming homey Binh Thanh neighborhood it’s nested within. The night Saigon Sound Revival played and the club’s massive sliding front glass door opened, releasing
New works by Saigon-based artist Pham Thanh Toan Pham Thanh Toan burst like a phenomenon onto the contemporary art scene of Saigon in 2018. Born in 1992, Toan exhibits a preternatural confidence and ability with his bold, over-sized canvases. He first exhibited at CTG (www.cthomasgallery.com) in 2018 and CTG will be taking a collection of his work to Los Angeles in late 2019. The
For her next exhibition, artist Bridget March is taking a completely new direction Well-known for her watercolor and acrylic paintings of landscapes, architecture and artifacts of Vietnam and for her illustrated books on Sapa, Hoi An and Saigon, Bridget has taken an abstract approach to describing the Spirit of Hoi An in a series of new watercolor and acrylic paintings that are sparkling with